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Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Ottawa, the GTHA, and the corridor to Kitchener-Wat
Issue #25  •  November 9  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
Techstars Startup Digest Toronto
Techstars Startup Digest Toronto
Locally curated talks, workshops, and other events for those interested in creating a startup, growing one, or who want to connect with startups in the Greater Toronto Area.
Good morning, Toronto startups and entrepreneurs! Ottawa, the GTHA, and the corridor to Kitchener-Waterloo might seem like the only places in southern Ontario where innovation is currently happening. There’s more beyond these cities. A few small towns are vying for the attention of startup founders: Collingwood, Cobourg, and Innisfil to name a few. It’s that last town which is the focus of the podcast Tech Town with Takara Small, which came out this past summer. If you’re interested in hearing startup stories outside the big cities, it’s a great listen.
In Tech Town, Takara Small explores the startup scene in the town of Innisfil, whose “leaders are employing progressive policies such as paying taxes with BitCoin, a futuristic town planning project, a custom accelerator for talent and more.” Innisfil also famously replaced its public transit system with Uber. Ryerson’s DMZ is working with the town to attract global talent, and join already-established startups re-inventing food delivery, farming, transportation and healthcare.
On a related note, last week’s Ontario budget included $3.75M “to support work by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Toronto Business Development Centre to attract more international startups to Ontario”. Their initial focus will be on India. If you know someone living there who is interested in expanding their operations to Ontario, some incentives could soon be available to them.
Community Opportunities
Here are some upcoming deadlines for applying to accelerators, grants and funding, or other competitions. Don’t miss out! If you know of others, please submit any application deadlines and I’ll post them if they’re relevant.
Nov 12 - Total Mom Pitch
The Pitch invites moms across Canada who own a small business to participate and connect with other entrepreneurs. This is your chance to get support around legal, business strategy, financial, marketing, mindset, branding, social media, e-commerce, and more! The Accelerator also offers private mentorship with some of Canada’s hottest incubators, special programming from organizations including Google, DMZ, EDC, and expert advice and support on business strategy, financial, marketing, mindset, branding, social media, e-commerce, and more!
Entrepreneur First is the world’s leading talent investor. We invest time and money in the world’s most talented and ambitious individuals, helping them find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company. Twice a year we select up to 100 people to join our program. The first part of the program focuses on finding the right co-founder, and developing your idea. We call this Form. The second is called Launch and helps you grow your company — with investment from us — culminating in a demo day in front of the world’s best investors.
Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator powered by Highline Beta in partnership with Aviva Canada is back for the second round of the Road Safety challenge. This 6 month program is focused on helping early stage startups pilot their road safety solutions with Aviva Canada. Startups focused on road safety are encouraged to apply to qualify for pilot opportunities, mentorship and follow-on funding. The program is looking for seed stage startups in the IOT, mobility, smart city and other relevant areas that bring real, innovative solutions to road safety. We are proud to support this program committed to building safer roads for everyone. 
With another Demo Day done, it’s time to start forming the 2021 cohort for Techstars Toronto Accelerator. Apply today. If selected, over the course of three months your team will gain access to funding and dozens of mentors — individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. These experts are matched to your needs, and are committed to contribute to your long-term success. Once you complete the program, you’re not on your own. You’ll still have access to Techstars resources, with its worldwide network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and alumni.

Have a great week, and stay well!
Ian Stevens ◦

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